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At Open Labs we strive to create a decentralized environment where every member is empowered and encouraged to help shape experiences for the whole community, that means that often every member has the same access privileges to our communication channels. While this creates a sustainable process of collaborating within a community, it can also lead to inconsistency in ways we communicate, frame documentation or generally percept things within the community. For this reason, we have started creating a Style Guide for the Writing components of the communication channels Open Labs is present on. This includes (but is not limited to) event names, blog post titles and social media content.
At Open Labs we strive to create a decentralized environment where every member is empowered and encouraged to help shape experiences for the whole community, that means that often every member has the same access privileges to our communication channels. While this creates a sustainable process of collaborating within a community, it can also lead to inconsistency in ways we communicate, frame documentation or generally percept things within the community. For this reason, we have started creating a Style Guide for the writing components of the communication channels Open Labs is present on. This includes (but is not limited to) event names, blog post titles and social media content.


=Titles=
=Titles=
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While the above words are generally capitalized in titles regardless of style, there are some words that are generally not capitalized when using title case. These include short words and conjunctions:
While the above words are generally capitalized in titles regardless of style, there are some words that are generally not capitalized when using title case. These include short words and conjunctions:


    Articles (a, an, the)
* Articles (a, an, the)
    Coordinating Conjunctions (and, but, for)
* Coordinating Conjunctions (and, but, for)
    Short (less than 5 letters) Prepositions (at, by, from)
* Short (less than 5 letters) Prepositions (at, by, from)


===Example===
===Example===


WRONG: Open Labs members meeting - January
''WRONG:'' Open Labs members meeting - January
CORRECT: Open Labs Members Meeting - January
 
''CORRECT:'' Open Labs Members Meeting - January


==And==
==And==
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===Example===
===Example===


WRONG: LibreOffice Month 2017 - Collabora Online and Nextcloud  
''WRONG:'' LibreOffice Month 2017 - Collabora Online and Nextcloud  
CORRECT: LibreOffice Month 2017 - Collabora Online & Nextcloud  
 
''CORRECT:'' LibreOffice Month 2017 - Collabora Online & Nextcloud  


==Relevant Order==
==Relevant Order==
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===Example===
===Example===


WRONG: Workshop about Quad9
''WRONG:'' Workshop about Quad9
CORRECT: Quad9 Workshop
 
''CORRECT:'' Quad9 Workshop


Note: Exceptions can be made and rules can be bent here. Consult with other members if unsure or just go with your gut feeling.  
Note: Exceptions can be made and rules can be bent here. Consult with other members if unsure or just go with your gut feeling.  
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===Example===
===Example===


WRONG: Red Hat Career Day #2
''WRONG:'' Red Hat Career Day #2
CORRECT: Red Hat Career Day Nr.2
 
''CORRECT:'' Red Hat Career Day Nr.2
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